Diana Damrau Solo Recital
The Diana Damrau Solo Recital holds a special place in the Vienna State Opera’s concert series. The Bavarian soprano has taken the theatre’s prestigious stage many a time, singing such classic parts as Adele in Die Fledermaus by Johann Strauss the Son, Gilda in Giuseppe Verdi’s Rigoletto, Rosina in Gioachino Rossini’s The Barber of Seville, or Manon in the opera of the same name by Jules Massenet. However, Damrau’s most unforgettable role remains the Queen of the Night in the favourite fantastical opera The Magic Flute by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. In it, her impeccable technique and impressive vocal range shine most brightly. In her recital, the coloratura soprano covers highlights from her rich and varied career and reveals her talents in a seldom seen chamber atmosphere.
Diana Damrau got her musical start in her native Bavaria. Her classical training and first stage experiences were in Würzburg; further engagements took her to Mannheim and Frankfurt. Thanks to her exceptional power and articulation in the high register, she travelled the world’s most coveted stages with coloratura roles like the Queen of the Night, her undoubted calling card, as well as Aminta in Mozart’s Il re pastore, Elvira in Vincenzo Bellini’s I puritani, and Zerbinetta in Richard Strauss’ Ariadne auf Naxos. Not to be typecast, however, Damrau soon expanded her role choice to include classic bel canto roles. Her lyric soprano roles, such as Sophie from Strauss’ Der Rosenkavalier or Susanna in Mozart’s The Marriage of Figaro, demonstrate her range and depth beautifully.
To her numerous operatic successes on the stage of Wiener Staatsoper, the Metropolitan Opera, Covent Garden, Teatro alla Scala, and the famed Munich and Salzburg Festivals, Diana Damrau can add an extensive list of concerts. She has shared stages with legends like Plácido Domingo and conductors like Riccardo Muti, Zubin Mehta and James Levine. In her solo recital at the Vienna State Opera, Diana Damrau looks back on a career full of successes and shows that there is much more to come.